family

Family unites us; but it's also a challenge. All about fighting to stay together, and loving every moment of it.

Deviant Devour7 months ago
Coping with Toxic People; Friends, Lovers, and Even Family
Our mother and father were at one point our sole caregivers. Our self worth/significance was based upon how well nurtured we were. Neglect and abuse have a direct effect on the brain. If you came from...
JoJo Conquistador7 months ago
Signing Off
This last week has made me realise something—work does NOT equal life. We talk often of a "work-life" balance. And then most of us completely fuck this off in one direction or other and the scales are...
Finding Yourself a Pearl
At 18 do you know where life is going to take you? Of course not. The world is your oyster; everything is in front of you and nothing is impossible. The words of a well known American writer describe ...
Chloe Gilholy7 months ago
Fishman Chapter Six
Kathleen left everything to Ruth when she died. She had already given me all her video games before she became poorly. It’s been years since I stood in front of this house. I can feel an eerie breeze ...
Hadrian Welsh7 months ago
Them
Deteriorating mental state. Mental instability. Mentally incapable. Travis wished he was any of the above, so he could have at least something to blame for his downward spiral of a life instead of his...
Michael Thielmann7 months ago
Our Children Need a Village
I see parents struggling in various ways almost everywhere I look these days. Lately I've seen young couples tiredly pushing their double-strollers with exhausted looks on their faces, single moms desperately trying to hold it all together, and weekend dads who seek to be a greater part of their kids' lives. No matter what the situation, the common thread in modern-day life is a sense of isolation and a lack of real, loving, community support. The video talks about building your own village, and...
Kathryn Cobb7 months ago
Much to Do About Nothing
There aren't many times in my life where I've felt inexplicably numb. In fact, I've always had a plan if I were ever in trouble, but this time I was coming up blank. Torn shirt, smudged lipstick, brok...
Valerie Middleton7 months ago
Secrets
It was an unusually warm Saturday morning for it to be February, but I was still excited to take the bus ride to my sister's house to see my nephew Carter. He was only two weeks old, but I had plans o...
x Raiinns7 months ago
My Amazing Life
I used to read books about love and happy endings, I still do read books about that, sci-fi fantasy books to be exact. I used to live in these books, and like most people it's what I dreamed of and wh...
Bed
It's Wednesday in cloudy Washington, IL. The rains drops are spaced out just enough to make me wonder if it's over. I'm lying in my bed and have been since 8 AM. Am I sick? No. Am I catching up on sle...
Sammy Armstrong8 months ago
Family
Many people would say that you have to be blood related to be family, but they are wrong. Your friends and the people you care about are your family. We grow up with a difficult childhood in which we ...
Kat Jay9 months ago
A Mother Who Doesn't Love Me
Everybody’s reaction when I tell them my Mum doesn’t love me is the same: “Of course she does!”; “Oh, don’t be silly”; “It may not seem like she doesn't but she’s your Mum. She loves you.” This doesn’...
Michelle Schultz9 months ago
Friends from the Block
It's the fall of 2002. I pull on my flare jeans and my Rugrats t-shirt and grab my bike and walk next door. My best friend's mom answers the door and I ask if her kids can come outside and play. It wa...
Abby W9 months ago
Relationships Killed My Dreams
Since I graduated high school, all I've wanted to do was study abroad. Freshman year of college I walked into the study abroad office and decided that I would be studying abroad in Scotland during the...
Corinne Victoria9 months ago
I Fell in Love with Myself
When I watch the sunset now that I am free, it seems as though the glow is brighter, like the world is different. There was a time, only two short years ago, when watching the sunset almost depressed ...
Sharlene Alba9 months ago
Petrichor: Chapter 2
SERENA During the last five years in hiding, we lived on the coastal side of Colombia, in Palomino. It was a smaller town on the Carribean where the population was small and the cost of living was low...
Sharlene Alba9 months ago
Petrichor: Chapter 1
Daniel Five years of waking up with hangovers and you'd think I'd be fucking used to it by now. My head felt like a damn bowling ball as I lifted it off my pillow and rubbed my eyes open, fixing my ju...
Nena Ranks10 months ago
Letter to My Deported Husband
Hola, amor. How are you? I am fine. Our three kids are well. They grow more and more each day. Our oldest son looks just like you. Autism isn't stopping him. He learns more words day by day. Our beaut...